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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646406/podocytes-and-the-quest-for-precision-medicines-for-kidney-diseases
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REVIEW
Peter Mundel
In this review, I describe a 30-year journey in the quest for precision medicines for patients with kidney diseases. In 1987, when I started my reseach career, most scientists studying glomerular disease biology were focused on mesangial cells. The crucial role of the podocyte in many kidney diseases characterized by proteinuria, including focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and diabetic nephropathy, had not yet been recognized. We were not aware of genetic causes or drivers of kidney diseases nor of molecular markers and cell culture systems for mechanistic studies of podocyte biology...
June 23, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646304/ndrg2-knockdown-promotes-fibrosis-in-renal-tubular-epithelial-cells-through-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad3-pathway
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Zhibo Jin, Chaohui Gu, Fengyan Tian, Zhankui Jia, Jinjian Yang
Renal fibrosis is a common pathological pathway of various chronic kidney diseases progressing to end-stage renal disease and is characterized by tubular atrophy, fibroblast/myofibroblast activation and excessive deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM). N-Myc downstream-regulated gene-2 (NDRG2) is reported to be associated with liver fibrosis in rats. However, the biological function of NDRG2 in renal fibrosis remains unclear. Therefore, we investigate the effect of NDRG2 on renal fibrosis and the underlying mechanism of NDRG2 in TGF-β1-induced renal tubular epithelial cells (HK-2)...
June 23, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646284/chd1l-expression-increases-tumor-progression-and-acts-as-a-predictive-biomarker-for-poor-prognosis-in-pancreatic-cancer
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Chuan Liu, Xiaowei Fu, Zhiwei Zhong, Jing Zhang, Haiyan Mou, Qiong Wu, Tianle Sheng, Bo Huang, Yeqing Zou
BACKGROUND: The chromodomain helicase/ATPase DNA binding protein 1-like gene (CHD1L) plays a key role in controlling various cellular phenomena, including immune-mediated inflammation, transformation, apoptosis, cell cycle progression, and proliferation. METHODS: This study investigated the function and clinical significance of CHD1L protein expression in pancreatic cancer (PC). We analyzed CHD1L expression in surgical specimens from 112 PC patients. The correlation between the clinical characteristics and prognosis was also determined...
June 23, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646146/optical-coherence-microscopy-as-a-novel-non-invasive-method-for-the-4d-live-imaging-of-early-mammalian-embryos
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Karol Karnowski, Anna Ajduk, Bartosz Wieloch, Szymon Tamborski, Krzysztof Krawiec, Maciej Wojtkowski, Maciej Szkulmowski
Imaging of living cells based on traditional fluorescence and confocal laser scanning microscopy has delivered an enormous amount of information critical for understanding biological processes in single cells. However, the requirement for a high numerical aperture and fluorescent markers still limits researchers' ability to visualize the cellular architecture without causing short- and long-term photodamage. Optical coherence microscopy (OCM) is a promising alternative that circumvents the technical limitations of fluorescence imaging techniques and provides unique access to fundamental aspects of early embryonic development, without the requirement for sample pre-processing or labeling...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645767/assessing-the-potential-of-rad-sequencing-to-resolve-phylogenetic-relationships-within-species-radiations-the-fly-genus-chiastocheta-diptera-anthomyiidae-as-a-case-study
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Tomasz Suchan, Anahí Espíndola, Sereina Rutschmann, Brent C Emerson, Kevin Gori, Christophe Dessimoz, Nils Arrigo, Michał Ronikier, Nadir Alvarez
Determining phylogenetic relationships among recently diverged species has long been a challenge in evolutionary biology. Cytoplasmic markers, which have been widely used notably in the context of molecular barcoding, have not always proved successful in resolving such phylogenies, but phylogenies for closely related species have been resolved at a much higher detail in the last couple of years with the advent of next-generation-sequencing technologies and associated techniques of reduced genome representation...
June 20, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645312/phf21b-overexpression-promotes-cancer-stem-cell-like-traits-in-prostate-cancer-cells-by-activating-the-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway
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Qiji Li, Liping Ye, Wei Guo, Min Wang, Shuai Huang, Xinsheng Peng
BACKGROUND: PHF21B is newly identified to be involved in the tumor progression; however, its biological role and molecular mechanism in prostate cancer have not been defined. This study is aimed to study the role of PHF21B in the progression of prostate cancer. METHODS: Real-time PCR, immunohistochemistry and western blotting analysis were used to determine PHF21B expression in prostate cancer cell lines and clinical specimens. The role of PHF21B in maintaining prostate cancer stem cell-like phenotype was examined by tumor-sphere formation assay and expression levels of stem cell markers...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645296/myd88-dependent-pro-interleukin-1%C3%AE-induction-in-dendritic-cells-exposed-to-food-grade-synthetic-amorphous-silica
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Hans Christian Winkler, Julian Kornprobst, Peter Wick, Lea Maria von Moos, Ioannis Trantakis, Elisabeth Maria Schraner, Barbara Bathke, Hubertus Hochrein, Mark Suter, Hanspeter Naegeli
BACKGROUND: Dendritic cells (DCs) are specialized first-line sensors of foreign materials invading the organism. These sentinel cells rely on pattern recognition receptors such as Nod-like or Toll-like receptors (TLRs) to launch immune reactions against pathogens, but also to mediate tolerance to self-antigens and, in the intestinal milieu, to nutrients and commensals. Since inappropriate DC activation contributes to inflammatory diseases and immunopathologies, a key question in the evaluation of orally ingested nanomaterials is whether their contact with DCs in the intestinal mucosa disrupts this delicate homeostatic balance between pathogen defense and tolerance...
June 23, 2017: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645083/graphene-oxide-nanosheets-induce-dna-damage-and-activate-the-base-excision-repair-ber-signaling-pathway-both-in%C3%A2-vitro-and-in%C3%A2-vivo
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Chun-Jiao Lu, Xue-Feng Jiang, Muhammad Junaid, Yan-Bo Ma, Pan-Pan Jia, Hua-Bin Wang, De-Sheng Pei
Graphene oxide (GO) has widespread concerns in the fields of biological sciences and medical applications. Currently, studies have reported that excessive GO exposure can cause cellular DNA damage through reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation. However, DNA damage mediated response of the base excision repair (BER) pathway due to GO exposure is not elucidated yet. Therefore, we exposed HEK293T cells and zebrafish embryos to different concentrations of GO for 24 h, and transcriptional profiles of BER pathway genes, DNA damage, and cell viability were analyzed both in vitro and in vivo...
June 14, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645071/television-viewing-and-risk-of-mortality-exploring-the-biological-plausibility
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Mark Hamer, Thomas Yates, Panayotes Demakakos
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Television (TV) viewing is a major component of leisure sedentary time, and has been consistently associated with cardiovascular disease. We examined the extent to which metabolic biomarkers explain the association between TV viewing and mortality. METHODS: Participants (N = 8,451, aged 64.8 ± 9.9 yrs) were drawn from The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), a national prospective cohort study of community-dwelling men and women living in England...
June 9, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644998/olfactory-identification-deficit-predicts-white-matter-tract-impairment-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Matthew R Woodward, Michael G Dwyer, Niels Bergsland, Jesper Hagemeier, Robert Zivadinov, Ralph Hb Benedict, Kinga Szigeti
Olfactory identification deficit (OID) has been associated with both aging and Alzheimer's disease (AD). In the context of an amnestic disorders, OID predicts conversion to AD. Neuroanatomical correlates could increase specificity and sensitivity and elucidate the mechanistic differences between OID in AD and aging. Cross-sectional analysis of white matter microstructural changes was performed using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and tract-based-spatial-statistics in amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI), AD and normal controls (NC) in 66 subjects (26 AD, 15 aMCI, 25 NC)...
June 9, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643732/thrombocytosis-in-gynecological-cancers
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REVIEW
Deepti Sharma, Garima Singh
Thrombocytosis has been suggested to be a poor prognostic indicator in malignancies. Studies have shown that thrombocytosis is associated with a poor prognosis in various gynecological malignancies such as carcinoma ovary, cervical cancer, and endometrial cancer. The aim of this study is to analyze the impact of thrombocytosis on the prognosis of gynecological cancer. All the relevant data were retrieved by PubMed, MEDLINE, and Web of Science, and then studies were chosen in this analysis of association between thrombocytosis and gynecological malignancy...
April 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643346/red-blood-cells-free-%C3%AE-haemoglobin-pool-a-biomarker-to-monitor-the-%C3%AE-thalassemia-intermedia-variability-the-alphapool-study
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Corinne Vasseur, Elisa Domingues-Hamdi, Katia Ledudal, Philippe Le Corvoisier, Caroline Barau, Bijan Ghaleh, Amandine Rialland, Serge Pissard, Frédéric Galactéros, Véronique Baudin-Creuza
The severity of β-thalassaemia (β-thal) intermedia is mainly correlated to the degree of imbalanced α/non α-globin chain synthesis. The phenotypic diversity of β-thal depends on this imbalance and reflects all possible combinations of α- and β-globin genotypes, levels of fetal haemoglobin (HbF) and co-inheritance of other modulating factors. This study aimed to demonstrate the validity of a new surrogate of α/non α-globin biosynthetic ratio by measuring the soluble α-Hb pool in lysed red blood cells...
June 23, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643230/crosstalk-between-m2-macrophages-and-glioma-stem-cells
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Leora M Nusblat, Molly J Carroll, Charles M Roth
PURPOSE: Given its extremely poor prognosis, there is a pressing need for an improved understanding of the biology of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), including the roles of tumor subpopulations that may contribute to their growth rate and therapy resistance. The most malignant phenotypes of GBM have been ascribed to the presence of subpopulations of cancer stem cells (CSCs), which are resistant to chemotherapeutic drugs and ionizing radiation and which promote invasiveness and metastasis...
June 22, 2017: Cellular Oncology (Dordrecht)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643126/cancer-stem-cells-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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REVIEW
Tamer Yagci, Metin Cetin, Pelin Balcik Ercin
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma is one of the most common cancers and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Only a small proportion of patients benefit from curative treatment and the prognosis is very poor for the majority of cases due to late presentation, resistance to chemotherapy and high recurrence rate. In recent years, progress in stem cell biology allowed us to explain that hierarchically organized cancer stem cells (CSCs) drive histological and functional heterogeneity of hematological malignancies and solid tumors...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642592/integrative-network-analysis-identifies-novel-drivers-of-pathogenesis-and-progression-in-newly-diagnosed-multiple-myeloma
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A Laganà, D Perumal, D Melnekoff, B Readhead, B A Kidd, V Leshchenko, P-Y Kuo, J Keats, M DeRome, J Yesil, D Auclair, S Lonial, A Chari, H J Cho, B Barlogie, S Jagannath, J T Dudley, S Parekh
Multiple Myeloma (MM) is an incurable malignancy of bone marrow plasma cells characterized by wide clinical and molecular heterogeneity. In this study we applied an integrative network biology approach to molecular and clinical data measured from 450 patients with newly diagnosed MM from the MMRF CoMMpass study. A novel network model of myeloma (MMNet) was constructed, revealing complex molecular disease patterns and novel associations between clinical traits and genomic markers. Genomic alterations and groups of co-expressed genes correlate with disease stage, tumor clonality, and early progression...
June 23, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642276/dedifferentiation-proliferation-and-redifferentiation-of-adult-mammalian-cardiomyocytes-after-ischemic-injury
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Wei Eric Wang, Liangpeng Li, Xuewei Xia, Wenbin Fu, Qiao Liao, Cong Lan, Dezhong Yang, Hongmei Chen, Rongchuan Yue, Cindy S Zeng, Lin Zhou, Bin Zhou, Dayue D Duan, Xiongwen Chen, Steven R Houser, Chunyu Zeng
Background -Adult mammalian hearts have a limited ability to generate new cardiomyocytes. Proliferation of existing adult cardiomyocytes (ACM) is a potential source of new cardiomyocytes. Understanding the fundamental biology of ACM proliferation could be of great clinical significance for treating myocardial infarction (MI). We aim to understand the process and regulation of ACM proliferation and its role in new cardiomyocyte formation of post-MI mouse hearts. Methods -β-actin-GFP transgenic mice and fate-mapping Myh6-MerCreMer-tdTomato/lacZ mice were used to trace the fate of ACMs...
June 22, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642237/mediator-1-is-atherosclerosis-protective-by-regulating-macrophage-polarization
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Liang Bai, Zhao Li, Qianwei Li, Hua Guan, Sihai Zhao, Ruihan Liu, Rong Wang, Jin Zhang, Yuzhi Jia, Jianglin Fan, Nanping Wang, Janardan K Reddy, John Y-J Shyy, Enqi Liu
OBJECTIVE: MED1 (mediator 1) interacts with transcription factors to regulate transcriptional machinery. The role of MED1 in macrophage biology and the relevant disease state remains to be investigated. APPROACH AND RESULTS: To study the molecular mechanism by which MED1 regulates the M1/M2 phenotype switch of macrophage and the effect on atherosclerosis, we generated MED1/apolipoprotein E (ApoE) double-deficient (MED1(ΔMac)/ApoE(-)(/-)) mice and found that atherosclerosis was greater in MED1(ΔMac)/ApoE(-/-) mice than in MED1(fl/fl)/ApoE(-/-) littermates...
June 22, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641610/-biological-characteristics-of-microvesicles-secreted-by-human-peripheral-blood-hematopoietic-stem-cells
#18
Chen Liang, Jun-Hui Wang, Lei Deng, Lu Wang, Yi Wang, Ya-Jing Huang, Tie-Qiang Liu, Bo Cai, Hong-Li Zuo, Qi-Yun Sun, Jian-Hui Qiao, Chang-Lin Yu, Kai-Xun Hu, Hui-Sheng Ai, Mei Guo
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of microvesicles(MV) isolated from human peripheral blood hematopoietic stem cells(PB-HSC) on immune regulation and hematopoiesis. METHODS: PB-HSCs were separated by density-gradient centrifugation and cultrued. The supernatants of PB-HSC at 48 h were harvested for isolation and purification of MV by using ultracentrifugation. The electron microscopy was used to observe the morphology of MV. The protein level in MV was quantified through bicinchoninic acid(BCA) protein assay...
June 2017: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640518/a-carborane-containing-fluorophore-as-a-stain-of-cellular-lipid-droplets
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Andrew Wu, Jacek L Kolanowski, Badwi B Boumelhem, Kylie Yang, Rebecca Lee, Amandeep Kaur, Stuart T Fraser, Elizabeth J New, Louis M Rendina
The use of fluorescent markers and probes greatly enhances biological investigations but relies on the provision of an array of fluorophores with diverse properties. Herein we report a novel carborane-containing coumarin, 5, which is sufficiently lipophilic to localise in cellular lipid droplets. In non-polar solvents which show comparable polarities to those of a lipid environment, compound 5 exhibits a fluorescence quantum yield two orders of magnitude greater than found in aqueous solvents, adding a further degree of selectivity to lipid droplet imaging...
June 22, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639379/the-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-biological-activities-of-the-leaf-of-cape-myrtle-myrsine-africana-l
#20
Hina Gul, Mushtaq Ahmad, Muhammad Zafar, M Shareez Ahmad, AmbreenAbid, Syeda Hira, Imam Shah, Muhammad Gulfraz
The cape myrtle, Myrsine africana L., is a widely used medicinal plant, which has not been well investigated. We assessed the in vivo hepatoprotective and in vitro antiproliferative and antioxidant effects of leaf extracts of M. africana chemically profiled using high-performance liquid chromatography. Three flavonoids were quantified, and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis revealed the presence of common fatty acids. The animal study was conducted on mice treated with CCl4, using three doses each of the methanol and chloroform extract (100, 200 and 300 mg/kg b...
June 22, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
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